Yellow Buckeye

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 Aesculus flava subsp. var.  Yellow Buckeye, Sweet buckeye
Fruit and leaves of Aesculus Octandra
Habit: tree
Height: to
Width: to
90ft 35ft
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Lifespan: perennial
Poisonous: seeds slightly toxic
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: sun
Features: flowers
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USDA Zones: 4 to 9
Sunset Zones: not available
Flower features: orange, yellow
Hippocastanaceae > Aesculus flava var. , Sol.

Yellow Buckeye (Aesculus Octandra, syn. A. octandra) is a species of buckeye native to the Ohio Valley and Appalachian Mountains of the Eastern United States.[1] It is a medium-sized deciduous tree growing to 20–47 m tall. It grows in mesophytic forest or floodplains, generally in acid to circumneutral soil.

The leaves are palmately compound with five (rarely seven) leaflets, 10–25 cm long and broad. The flowers are produced in panicles in spring, yellow to yellow-green, each flower 2–3 cm long with the stamens shorter than the petals (unlike the related Ohio Buckeye, where the stamens are longer than the petals). The twigs have a faintly rank odor, but much less so than the Ohio buckeye, Aesculus glabra. The fruit is a smooth (spineless), round or oblong capsule 5–7 cm diameter, containing 1-3 nut-like seeds, 2.5-3.5 cm diameter, brown with a whitish basal scar. The fruit of the Yellow Buckeye is poisonous to humans but can be made edible through a leaching process.

Yellow Buckeye is an attractive ornamental tree suitable for parks and large gardens.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Aesculus flava, Marsh. (A. octandra, Ait. A. lutea, Wang. Pavia lutea, Poir.). SWEET BUCKEYE. Large tree, 4O- 90 ft.: lfts. 5, oblong-obovate or elliptical, cuneate, equally serrate, smooth or pubescent beneath : panicles 4-6 in. long; petals yellow, very unequal, their claws longer than the calyx; stamens 7, shorter than the petals: fr. smooth. May, June. Pa. to Ga. and Iowa.

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More information about this species can be found on the genus page.



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  1. "Aesculus Octandra Range Map". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved on 2008-03-06.

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